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SPACES and Kohler Foundation Celebrate New Partnership at the Road Less Traveled

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dsc9775L to R: Susan Kelly, Senior Preservation Coordinator, KFI; Bill Swislow, SPACES Board; Ann Gappmayer, JMKAC; Stacy Mueller, SPACES Archivist; Terri Yoho, KFI Executive Director; John Foster, SPACES Board; Christine Taylor, Incoming KFI Executive Director; Jo Farb Hernández, SPACES Executive Director. Missing: Lisa Stone, SPACES Board; Dan Smith, Senior Preservation Coordinator, KFI

The recent Road Less Traveled conference in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, hosted by a consortium that included the Kohler Foundation, Inc., the John Michael Kohler Art Center, and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, was the venue for the “official” announcement and celebration of SPACES archives partnership with, and move to, the Kohler Foundation, Inc.

 

screen-shot-2017-10-09-at-114503-amScenes from the In Celebration of Ourselves exhibition co-curated by SPACES Archives, including the works of Sanford Darling, from his House of 1,000 Paintings + figure from Calvin and Ruby Black's Possum Trot.

In conjunction with the conference, SPACES Director Jo Farb Hernández worked with JMKAC curator Karen Patterson on two complementary exhibitions that drew from the archive’s resources – one focused on the Watts Towers and one that presented components of the groundbreaking In Celebration of Ourselves exhibition organized by SPACES founder Seymour Rosen for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1978. Hernández, along with all current members of the SPACES Board of Trustees – including John Foster, Lisa Stone, and Bill Swislow – as well as SPACES archivist Stacy Mueller, also participated in a panel discussion describing the work of SPACES archives, its development and evolution, and its plans for the future.

 

wattstowerexcel20170002rosenwattsMore scenes from the exhibition, including early images from Watts Towers. Photo courtesy JMKAC.

As this partnership with KFI develops and the physical archives are transferred to Sheboygan, SPACES staff and Board will continue to fulfill our mission of identifying, documenting, collecting information about, and advocating for the preservation of art environments all over the world. And as we continue to do so, we encourage all of you to continue to send us your photos, your texts, and any information you can uncover about art environments. This site has truly become a crowd-sourced resource, and we couldn’t do it without you! Thanks to everyone for your support!

 

img1930-brightenedSPACES Director Jo Farb Hernández with SPACES Board Member Lisa Stone at the celebration honoring the transfer of SPACES to KFI. Photo by John Foster.

Read more about the week’s events + the accomplishments of SPACES in this new piece by Hyperallergic

 

To see a video tour of the exhibition, view more on our Instagram feed

 

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